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Playwrights’ Center Fellowship Programs

The Playwrights’ Center has fellowship programs, some of which are specifically for Minnesota-based writers. Programs include:

Jerome Fellowship – for early career writers. Deadline November 21.

Many Voices Fellowship – for early career writers of color and indigenous writers. Deadline December 5.

Many Voices Mentorship – for beginning Minnesota-based writers of color and indigenous writers. Deadline December 5.

Core Writer Program – for any professional writers. Deadline January 23.

McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting – for mid-career Minnesota-based writers. Deadline January 16.

McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship – for mid-career Minnesota-based artists other than playwrights. Deadline April 16.

Call to Artists: Bemidji Sculpture Walk

21st Annual Bemidji Sculpture Walk

TWENTY-FIRST ANNUAL CALL TO ARTISTS

Be a part of the 21st Bemidji Sculpture Walk! This outdoor art walk program has become a foundation of Bemidji’s downtown and a highly anticipated venue for tourists year-round. Consider applying with your own work or sharing this with an artist or arts organization you know.

Artists are offered a $500 honorarium plus consideration for several cash prizes for each accepted work. Artists may submit up to 3 works separately, for separate consideration.

Here’s a quick timeline:

First Call in November

Submission Deadline is February 1

Jurying takes place March 12

Acceptance Notification will be sent March 16

Annual Artist Installation/Reception is on May 15 and 16

To apply visit https://www.bemidjisculpture.com/#call-to-artists

Residencies and Workshop Retreats at Tofte Lake Center at Norm’s Fish Camp

Applications for Residencies Open Until November 30

The deadline for Guided Workshop Retreats is December 30

https://toftelake.org/residencyprograms

THE GAIA FENNA MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP

Tofte Lake Center will host its sixth annual week-long residency for a Minnesota artist who exemplifies the spirit, passions, and values of artist and nature lover Gaia Fenna. This year’s residency week will be September 14-20, 2020.

For Gaia, physical activity and art were a means of self-expression, self-definition — in her DNA. At Tofte Lake Center, Gaia’s love of art and nature were perfectly combined. She took time each day to commune with her spirit by hiking, biking, and kayaking. She has left her creative fingerprints all over TLC.

INDIVIDUAL ARTIST & GROUP/ORGANIZATION

These residencies are offered for both individual artists, small creative teams, and groups or organizations looking for space and time to connect, create, and reflect together in community and in nature.

Artist residencies are interdisciplinary in nature, and balance group activity, personal work time, facilitated conversation, with the exchange of work and performance. Artists from diverse backgrounds and communities are encouraged to attend. Residencies are structured around the artists’ specific project needs. Days are self-directed, and could include individual/team work, afternoon excursions or on-site activity, dinners and evening gatherings with resident artists.

Tofte Lake Center is family-friendly. For Individual Residencies, artists are welcome to bring their families when space allows and when agreed upon in advance.  For these residencies child-care is not guaranteed, though assistance is offered to help resident artist parents find part-time childcare for their stay, should this make their residency possible.

2020 Individual Artist Residency Weeks Available: June 15-21 (depending on grant funding, this week could be dedicated to our Family Artists Residency Program), June 22-28, June 29-July 5, August 3-9, August 10-16, and September 21-27.


TLC offers residency and retreat opportunities for artistic groups or organizations looking for space and time to connect, create, strategize, plan, and reflect together in community.

If you are interested in hosting a Group or Organizational residency, please contact us at info@toftelake.org between October 1-November 30, 2019 – the earlier the better!

Application and Selection Timeline

November 30, 2019, 11:59pm EST: Application deadline

February 1, 2020: Notification deadline

Applications are accepted from artists 18 years or older at the time of application. For more information about Tofte and their programs visit their website at https://toftelake.org/home

Mc Canna House Artist-in-Residence Applications Open

McCanna House Artist-in-Residence Application

Open to Artists in Music, Theatre, Literature, & Visual Arts


The North Dakota Museum of Art is accepting applications for the 2019 McCanna House Artist-in-residence season. Artists working in music, theatre, literature, or the visual arts are encouraged to apply. Open to artists in all stages of their career. Preference given to regional artists (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Manitoba), with remaining availability open to all. 

The North Dakota Museum of Art presents a unique opportunity with the McCanna House Artist-in-residence program. This retreat consists of a 1920’s farmhouse and large outlying steel building in the midst of the thriving farmland of the Red River Valley of Eastern North Dakota. While the residency affords no dedicated media specific facilities at this time, the open mutable space of the house, barn and grounds affords opportunity for the creation of work in many scales. The powerfully vast physical space of the Great Plains allows the imagination to run wild, with the close proximity to large scale agriculture drawing one into the cycles of growth and harvest. Out of this open horizon emerges a peace and  presence of mind uniquely conducive to creativity and artistic shift.

Image by Kelli Nelson

THE PROGRAM The residency consists of 2 – 5 week blocks of time layered throughout the operating year. The house is open from June 1 through the end of September or early October. There will only be one artist on the property at a time, unless a group project is accepted. While there are no expectations for the artist to complete work during the residency, artists are asked only to use their time wisely, and be aware of the transformative potential of time spent there. 
Application
More Information

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until January 15, 20192019 Announcement: February 15, 2019. 

AMENITIES
*Wireless Internet
*Well lit French country-style farmhouse, detached 40 x 70 foot steel building, and large outdoor space with yards and surrounding tree lines.
*House has 3 full bedrooms, each with attached bathrooms
*New washer and dryer
*New electric stove in well appointed kitchen

*Screened in porch area with convenient BBQ
*A modest array of hand tools
*Opportunities to work with surrounding community groups
*10 miles from town of Larimore (pop.2,000), yet feels remote and private.
*35 miles from Grand Forks (pop.55,000), with its thriving art scene and good shopping/dining
*5 hours to Minneapolis and 2 hours to Winnipeg, Manitoba
*Well stocked library
*Fruit trees
*Surrounded by working fields producing soy beans, potatoes, canola, and more…
*Endless sky
*Big weather

Email Matthew Wallace with questions. 

MCA Creative Minnesota Internship

CREATIVE MINNESOTA INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE AT MINNESOTA CITIZENS FOR THE ARTS

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA), a nationally renowned arts advocacy organization that lobbies for state arts funding, seeks a Creative Minnesota intern to begin in November 2019. The position is part-time and flexible (approximately 20 hours per week) and the compensation is $10/hr.

ABOUT MCA: MCA represents the arts community of Minnesota at the state legislature and lobbies for state funding of the arts, as well as other issues of concern to the non-profit arts community. MCA also does advocacy for the National Endowment for the Arts. To lobby effectively, MCA organizes grassroots advocacy around the state and keeps constituents educated and informed about the political process and the current state of arts funding throughout the year.

ABOUT CREATIVE MINNESOTA: Creative Minnesota, a consortium of more than a dozen arts and culture nonprofits and funders, will conduct the 2021 Creative Minnesota Study. In addition to updates from previous studies about the size and impact of the state’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations, their audiences and artists and creative workers, the team will be working on updates of a report on the availability of arts education in Minnesota’s schools. Previous Creative Minnesota reports, published in 2015, 2017, and 2019 documented the arts sector in Minnesota. The new study will also look at the impact of the arts in Minnesota over time. It will be added to the growing body of 59 Creative Minnesota statewide, regional and local studies available for free to the public at CreativeMN.org.


Interns will have exposure to and opportunities to interact with some of the movers and shakers in the arts community, as well as a working knowledge of the legislative process, arts funding structures in Minnesota and the basic functions of running a nonprofit.


Duties and projects included in the internship:

  • Assist staff in producing the 2021 Creative Minnesota Study, to be released in March of 2021.
  • Clean data, do other tasks as needed as Creative Minnesota study is put together.
  • Call arts organizations, or do online research, to fill in gaps in data.
  • Assist in organizing Creative Minnesota team meetings.
  • Work with staff on current projects if needed including, board meeting preparation, filing and data entry.

Qualified applicants would possess the following skills:

    – Absolute accuracy in working with numbers and other information
    – Basic knowledge of press releases and some work contacting press.
    – Interest in working with the arts community.

    – Good communication skills, especially speaking with people on the phone.
    – A self-starting, positive, self-motivated personality and a sense of humor.

    – Good organizational skills and the ability to perform many tasks simultaneously.
    – Computer literacy; preferably experience with Macintosh, Microsoft Word & Excel 

    – Independent and creative work habits.

APPLY NOW. Please mail or email résumé and cover letter by Nov. 1, 2019 to: 
Mark Albers, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
661 LaSalle Street #220 
St. Paul, MN 55114
Mark@artsMN.org